Authentic Garden - Naturalistic and Sustainable Planting Design in Contemporary Landscape Architecture

Author(s): Richard Hartlage


In contemporary American garden design, beauty for beauty s sake is making a comeback. The sixty gardens featured here trace current planting trends across the country, showcasing the best designs of recent years from the verdant Pacific Northwest to the tailored Eastern Seaboard, as well as prairies in Denver and Texas and exquisitely detailed private gardens in the Southwest that create a sense of lushness even while working exclusively within the vocabulary of cactuses and succulents. Plants are used to reinforce meaningful content, ecological strategies, and, most importantly, to create immersive and emotional experiences. As the movements of architectural, naturalistic, meadow, matrix, graphic, and ecological planting design have been adopted in such notable incarnations as the High Line in New York and Citygarden in St. Louis, they have rekindled interest in using plants that suit a given site s ecology and in letting plants, rather than hardscape elements, lead design. Residential as well as public gardens are featured, and all are united by an immediately perceptible, intelligent selection of plants that create an enthralling, memorable, and fitting sense of place: this is what makes a garden truly authentic. Over 250 full-color images reveal gardens created by the top American firms working today, including Andrea Cochran, Jack deLashmet, Doyle Herman, Elysian Landscapes, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Hoerr Schaudt, Ron Lutsko, Steve Martino, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Nievera Williams, Oehme van Sweden, OLIN, Raymond Jungles, Christine Ten Eyck, Bernard Trainor, and Michael Vergason, as well as beautiful gems of gardens by lesser known regional firms. Detail as well as overview images of gardens throughout the seasons and abundant plant identifications make this volume a valuable reference for all home gardeners as well as landscape design professionals interested in tracing the themes prevalent in contemporary American gardens."


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Richard Hartlage and Sandy Fischer are the principals of Land Morphology. Their award-winning, innovative designs are renowned as emotive, immersive spaces that incorporate sophisticated horticulture, artful detailing, and historical knowledge that heighten the experience of the natural world. The Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, which features their planting scheme, is visited by over 1.5 million people each year. The firm s designs have been featured in the "New York Times," "Architectural Digest," "Garden Design," "Pacific Horticulture," "Metropolitan Home," "Fine Gardening," and the "Seattle Times," in addition to many other publications in the United States, Japan, and Europe. An avid writer and teacher, Richard Hartlage has given over 350 lectures worldwide, and has written over 60 articles for national and international publications. He has also contributed to five books on horticulture and design, including "Bold Visions for the Garden," a collection of his essays and photography."

General Fields

  • : 9781580934268
  • : Monacelli Press
  • : Monacelli Press
  • : October 2015
  • : United States
  • : November 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Hartlage
  • : Hardback
  • : 712.6
  • : 224
  • : 225 illustrations